Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Slip on a hard hat and travel a half mile underground on a tour of Minnesota's first iron ore mine. Experience the life of a miner from the last century. Public tours run daily Memorial Day weekend through September and weekends into October.

Summer mine entrance: 1302 McKinley Park Road
GPS coordinates do not take you to the summer entrance! Follow street signs, not your GPS.
Winter mine entrance: 1379 Stuntz Bay Road
Lake Vermilion Unit Entrance: U.S. Highway 169
Mailing address: P.O. Box 335, 1379 Stuntz Bay Road, Soudan, MN 55782
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Park Open
Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The campground facilities include campsites with electricity, screened picnic shelters, modern shower buildings and campground wi-fi access.

Hiking trails and additional camping capacity are added in the next phase of development. Please obey any signs during the ongoing construction.

Reservations can be made online or by calling toll free: 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008).

 

Underground Mine Tour

Slip on a hard hat and travel a half mile underground on a tour of Minnesota’s first iron ore mine. Experience the life of a miner from the last century. Public tours run daily Memorial Day weekend through September and weekends into October. Group and educational tours are available year-round. Learn more about underground mine tours.

Soudan Mine tours
The underground mine tours have been suspended until 2023 due to a shaft rehabilitation project. Join us instead for an interpreter-led surface tour that helps show the rest of the story regarding the mining process. Tours begin Memorial Day Weekend, reservations open April 1. Learn more about the Soudan Mine tours.

Only have an hour to visit?
1. Hike the Hiking Club Trail to the banded iron formation, a unique geological feature. 2. Walk the West Tower Mine Trail to a boardwalk overlooking the deepest mine pit. 3. Bike sections of the Mesabi Trail.

Vehicle Permits

Vehicle permits are required at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park except for the main parking lot of the visitor center at the mine. Vehicle permits are available for purchase at the gift shop in the visitor center or through the self service kiosk at Vermilion Ridge campground.

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Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.